On Tuesday March 19, popular Nigerian music journalist Joey Akan published an exclusive story on Native, an online magazine.
The first of the 3-part story published on Tuesday, sheds light on the ongoing rift between popular Nigerian musician, Iyanya and Ubi Franklin, both the founders of Made Men Music Group (MMMG) popularly called TripleMG. Read it below.
For @NativeMag: 8 months ago, I received two phone calls. Ubi Franklin has been beaten up, and Iyanya wants to pour out his soul. What follows next is pure intrigue and the dark soul of the music industry. This is Part 1. 2 and 3 coming tomorrow. https://t.co/XYpcScvePT
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) March 19, 2019Advertisement
The following two parts tell the story from the angle of both parties, highlighted in an unedited interview. Spoiler Alert: Part 2 which is Iyanya’s interview is in 99% pidgin. Brace yourself.
Final Part (3) on @NativeMag: Ubi Franklin has been at the center of everything Iyanya and Emma Nyra. He calls me when he hears I have a story coming out, and here is his reason and defence against every and everyone.https://t.co/oYLT1xdwVu
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) March 21, 2019
If you’re still not convinced that you need to commit time to the story, read some snippets below.
Ubi Franklin said if Iyanya talks too much he will release the list of Lagos married women he has slept with.
— Black Pepper (@oluremi_x) March 21, 2019
— SOUNDCITY AFRICA! (@SOUNDCITYtv) March 21, 2019
Nah. Ubi Franklin is a demon. What a fraudulent short man. pic.twitter.com/qkM0lyM3zt
— Fatimo Fantasi 🙅🏾 (@FlawlessMilo) March 20, 2019
Ubi Franklin is shameless and that’s why he couldn’t directly answer if he beat Emma Nyra or not. He so clearly did. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/PmBQZQ2apf
— c-a-n-i-b-a-l (@caanniiball) March 21, 2019
Ubi Franklin is sth else. Why are you telling an artist in his contract termination process not to speak of another artist? What is it that Ubi did to Emma that he doesn't want his artists to speak on. I thought you clowns claimed Iyanya told Emma to leave Ubi. Can you see this? pic.twitter.com/Y6wPMrnQql
— EtherealPerson (@Etherealsapien) March 21, 2019
A few reactions
Ubi Franklin comes out as the bad guy in the story
Lmfao this Ubi Franklin not only looks dubious, he talks like a dubious person too 😂😂😂
— Buen Chico (@Monsiuer_T) March 21, 2019
Wow Ubi Franklin is a terrible person….
— Trey Mofo 🇳🇬 (@treymofo) March 21, 2019
I’ve read countless times that Ubi Franklin is abusive. Smh. Glad the Lillian lady eventually got away
— 🇳🇬NaijaGal🇳🇬 (@Naija4LifeO) March 21, 2019
Ubi Franklin wants you to believe that Iyanya, who was bringing in 10s of millions per month as the only real viable act on MMMG, wanted nothing to do with the company's establishment/ownership. Lol.
— T. Rankïn' ∆ (@AfroVII) March 20, 2019
Some people believe Iyanya is the problem
You people want to drag ubi Franklin to help give iyanya some boost? All this for traction? You paying influencers to drag him…. The problem with artists is they never see beyond the next show. What were iyanya investments after kukere blew up?
— OBEYA DANIEL (@obeya_daniel) March 19, 2019
Wow! I'm amazed at the way Ubi Franklin counteracted every allegation Iyanya levied against him with proof..👌
Listened to both sides of the story, and I don't think Iyanya has any case against Ubi.
🤔..for real Artist management is much more complicated than I thought.
— Afa Le Pro⚡ (@PhlegmaticAfa) March 22, 2019
Emma Nyra was allegedly abused by Ubi
I'm sad and also relieved for Emma Nyra. I remember when the news about the violence came out and everyone shut her down; even her team mates didn't stand up for her. Now, I'm glad everyone knows the truth.
— A.A (@MsAdeola) March 20, 2019
But Ubi Franklin is funny, how can you say Emma Nyra should come out and speak for herself, when you know clearly she’s bound by the NDA you gave her to sign.
— Modupe (@moddups) March 21, 2019
Iyanya claimed he loves Emma Nyra and he just fold is arms and watch Ubi Frankin treat her like nobody 🚙🤔
— OMO IYAYO(talkative)🤓🤷🏿🍓 (@IbigbemiB) March 21, 2019
Emma Nyra was abused, people left the abuser and went for Iyanya
Same way Etinosa went nude and people left Etinosa and blamed MC Galaxy…
Now Air Peace just ordered a banned plane, they will leave Air Peace and accuse Government now.
— Midas🌷 (@becks2500) March 21, 2019
I think Iyanya vs. Ubi is like a case of a talented software engineer who is only interested in coding but not the business and legal side of things. Some start-up CTOs just want to code. Wake up!
— Adeyemo Adesegun (@alexcrownus) March 21, 2019
Read that Iyanya's interview and I was just shaking my head. These artistes make millions but don't want to engage lawyers.
— Eustache Dauger (@Punthief) March 21, 2019
Iyanya's side of the story vs Ubi Franklin side of the story. pic.twitter.com/usJpNExRBH
— MrJugo (@Jeromeikeh) March 17, 2019
“Did you remove Iyanya from the CAC documentation”
“Ask Iyanya about Yvonne Nelson. Iyanya has debt of 60 million. I will bring out all the married women in this country Iyanya has slept with me I’m not afraid of anything”
Well clearly ya afraid answering question sah pic.twitter.com/3H7pE2SMCS
— Abike (@Jollz) March 21, 2019
Iyanya needs to drop the album they’re doing all this PR for.
— Iganya (@IganyaOdiba) March 21, 2019
Ubi said he will list all the married women Iyanya slept with. 😂😂😂😂
Married women on the list: pic.twitter.com/4QNmBZTIJO
— Sensei-tional (@GirlishLava) March 21, 2019
Read more reactions here. People still want to hear Tekno, Emma Nyra and Baci’s sides of the story, I know I do. While we wait, keep reading this roundup for other trending topics on social media this week.
Vic O, Nigerian controversial artiste and self-proclaimed “best rapper in the world” made an important announcement on Twitter two days ago. He will be releasing a new single titled Bella this month. But that’s not the important part of the announcement.
Get this, Vic O will feature Speed Darlington, another controversial artiste.
— VIC.O🇳🇬🇮🇹 (@VICO_VNO) March 20, 2019
What's up my beautiful people? Well… The club banger that y'all have been waiting for is about to drop…. #BELLA BY VIC.O FT: SPEED DARLINGTON! it's dropping this month so y'all wait for the link….🇳🇬🇮🇹🇦🇺 2👑 kings… 🎤🔥🔥🔥💥
– – 🔥🎤🔥💥👑 pic.twitter.com/eDTFbZwTTT
— VIC.O🇳🇬🇮🇹 (@VICO_VNO) March 21, 2019
This is a big deal because beyond the social media hype, both artistes individually make “not so great” music (their confidence is what creates the hype by the way). Together, on Bella, we expect nothing short of shocking.
Speed Darlington and Vic O on the same track.
I don't know but if negative multiplied by negative equals positive, this is about to be a banger.
— Tolulope (@tolusaba) March 21, 2019
Vic o ft Speedy? Grammy loading…..
— bekee_v (@Bekee_) March 21, 2019
Wait what? Speeddarlington and Vic O are making a song together? Are we really ready for this energy?
— Chinwendu Nwangwa (@chinwendu__n) March 21, 2019
Vic. O x Speedy? I'm not ready for that kinda shmoke!
— Morgan.. (@General_Edd) March 21, 2019
“God safe us”
Vic O and Speed Darlington dropping a fire track this month. God safe our eardrums from what's coming to scatter it. 😭😂
— FIT (@tweetKOBO) March 21, 2019
Vic O is dropping a mad jam with Omo Babalawo. God if this is a sign of your next coming, I pray I am worthy of your kingdom. End time things.
— Femi Akande (@femmillion) March 21, 2019
😂 😂 😂…what is more than atomic bomb…Vic O and Speed want to kill us….God safe us.
— 🇳🇬 Racing Eagle (@AlabaOginni) March 21, 2019
vic o ft speed Darlington
The end has come 😭😭
Jesus please come am ready to go home now pic.twitter.com/Agkgvg9Hgr
— Barnny without friends 😋 (@barnabasjohnnie) March 21, 2019
Vic O & Speed Darlington walk into a bar… pic.twitter.com/ToGjEXWbNv
— V.I.C ❁ (@itz_Vickiz) March 21, 2019
VIC O and speedy darlington on a track??! pic.twitter.com/3xixmvVt4B
— G.T.A ☁️ (@GideonToba) March 21, 2019
Vic o and speedarlington together in one song pic.twitter.com/u4Fep83w9C
— Aimalohi (@Aimalohi6) March 21, 2019
Vic O and speed Darlington? ?? Oh gad!!! My mama told me music will finish me one day…I never knew this was what mama meant o pic.twitter.com/NtT6dfDjzW
— FRESH PRINCE OF ZAMUNDA (@RealKingAgility) March 21, 2019
Vic. O dun dey take style fine small
— Zeme United ✊🏽☿ (@sleekygurl) March 21, 2019
Bants aside, VIC O is an OG.
— Shoeprenuer (@Delecredible) March 21, 2019
Vic. O hasn't given up so why should you? ✊
— Lady O'stitch (@theTaiyelolu) March 21, 2019
Wait vic o n speed Darlington are different people?
— nnonso nweke (@babaGod_noni) March 21, 2019
Read other reactions here.
Koffi Olomide’s rape case
Popular Congolese musician Koffi Olomide was on Monday handed a two-year suspended prison sentence by a court in France for the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.
The singer reportedly received the sentence in absentia as he failed to show up. He was also accused of assaulting four of his former dancers multiple times between 2002 and 2006.
“The women further alleged they were held captive in a villa outside Paris and escaped one night in June 2006, but did not return home to DR Congo for fear of reprisal,” reads a BBC article.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) March 18, 2019
Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has been sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence for the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.
— News Central (@NewsCentralTV) March 19, 2019
I can't believe Koffi Olomide is the R Kelly of Congolese music
— Kamal (@Kamz_Woshi) March 19, 2019
Koffi Olomide is a fucking rodent. 😡
— Awesome. (@Awksomekid) March 19, 2019
Koffi Olomide say it ain't so 💔
— Yinlaifa (@yincoco1) March 19, 2019
The way he had no shame beating up his dancer in front of the whole world; imagine what he can do when no one is watching?? He has no respect for women. They're objects to him. #KoffiOlomide
— Yvonne Dalitso Zulu🇿🇲 (@YvonneDalitso) March 18, 2019
Congolese twitter are you canceling Kofi Olomide?
— Tatiano Ronaldo (@tatoletti) March 19, 2019
Kofi Olomide Sexually Assaulted a 15 year old and he only got 2 years jail time…Wow
— HighlyMelanated (@EfaAishe) March 19, 2019
Read more reactions here.
Trouble in Camp #OurMumuDonDo
It all started last week when Deji Adeyanju, Nigerian activist, convener of Concerned Nigerians and member of the #OurMumuDonDo movement announced his resignation from the group. See tweet below.
I have resigned my membership of Our Mumu Don. I no longer have confidence in the leader of the movement, Charly Boy. He betrayed the cause while I was away in prison and compromised with the oppressors. Thank you.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) March 13, 2019
This week, an audio recording of Charly Boy, the leader of the #OurMumuDonDo movement admitting to collecting money from Festus Keyamo — Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council — for a song he made was reportedly leaked.
Apparently, the song paints Atiku Abubukar, the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in a bad light.
EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: How Charly Boy Acknowledged He Received Money From APC's Festus Keyamo
LISTEN TO FULL AUDIO: https://t.co/TLKWSIGrpx
…Moment @Areafada1 acknowledged he received money from @NGRPresident @MBuhari’s 2019 campaign spokesman @fkeyamo.@adeyanjudeji pic.twitter.com/MLa6hoTRXf
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) March 20, 2019
According to Deji…
I don't know how the audio recording got out because I shared it with a few persons in confidence. -Deji Adeyanju on Nigeria Info
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju🇳🇬 (@adeyanjudeji) March 21, 2019
Charly Boy’s response;
When a Father sits in
it’s because he is a
me and you know weytin
dey worry you, wey you no fit
tell your fans.
I still love 💖 you,
Try mellow on your
break dancing my
— Charlyboy(Official) (@Areafada1) March 20, 2019
Charley boy confirms he took money from Festus Keyamo, saying Deji is angry because he didn’t get a share. See his reaction when they asked him how much. This Sheman self 🤣 pic.twitter.com/LjxTxDWcJd
— Umeh and 99 others (@UMEHoma) March 21, 2019
Deji Adeyanju and Charly Boy teamed up to "fight" for Nigerians
APC locked up Deji, and bribed Charly Boy
While Deji was languishing in Prison, Charly Boy was enjoying corrupt cash
Charly Boy is 67. Deji is his Last Born's age mate
— The Son of Man (@olufemisp) March 21, 2019
The two major conveners of "Our Mumu don do" campaign are dragging themselves in the media as being the NUMBER ONE MUMU in Nigeria.
Deji says Charly boy is the number one mumu in Nigeria. And vice versa. It is a mumu tournament guys. I am loving this game. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) March 21, 2019
Both Charley Boy and Deji Adeyanju mumu never do yet.
This is very embarrassing.
This is why I don't get too deep in this opposition thing. I can't die for anybody.
This is nonsense! https://t.co/LrU2w35PMg
— the Morris Monye factor (@monye_morris) March 21, 2019
Charly Boy collected money from Buhari while Deji was locked up??
Nigeria has lost it finally😧😠😡😢😭The masses need to wake up and fight for themselves.
— OONI OF ABUJA (@Deji_OoniAbj) March 20, 2019
— Everyday People (@scanaranbaxy) March 21, 2019
The only reason why Deji is beefing charly boy is simply because charly boy collected money from people and refused to "share" that money shikena.we're not kids in this country again.we all know this so those 2 clowns should please STFU and stop disturbing us abeg 🙄😠😡😒😏
— Benghazi (@Jcnforever) March 21, 2019
Festus Keyamo is a disappointment
On this Charlie boy’s bribery scandal I am more concerned about how a supposed Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Festus Keyamo is the one going around giving bribes.
That man is an expression of disgrace and an embarrassment to the Bar.
— Oluyemi Fasipe🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) March 21, 2019
This @Areafada1 leaked video is just too sad. The same way @fkeyamo was cashed into @OfficialAPCNg he also did the same to Charlie boy. What he did was to get SAN for his dealings despite his years in the bar.
— George Sam (@Gasam101) March 21, 2019
Let’s leave deji and Charlie boy for now
Let’s talk about a San and a presidential spokesman that gave Charlie boy a bribe to compromise
Festus keyamo is the same San that keep ranting about corruption 🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️
Only in Nigeria a San do not practice what he preach 🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️ pic.twitter.com/7uYhfkLwuE
— QDPAPER (@QdPaper) March 21, 2019
Deji and Charlie boy are both thieves. Activist my foot
— ⚓⚓⚓ 231 (@Martialdrive) March 21, 2019
I don't know which is more laughable: Deji's revelation of Charlie Boy's bribe taking or Nigerians feigning ignorance of the fact that a bulk of civil society groups, pro-party outfits and energetic protesters are milked by politicians.
— CHIDUBEM NJOKU (@ChidubemNJ) March 21, 2019
I'm unmoved by the Charlie Boy story.
Waiting on Activists to risk their Lives for the majority has created a market for commercial activists who virtue-signal their way into good negotiating positions..
The Middle-Class has to build a sociopolitical platform to protect itself.
— Gene Peterson (@EuginhoCortez) March 21, 2019
Fani Kayode vs Reno
Charlie Boy vs Deji the 'Activist'
If you are surpised, then your mumu never do. You are the very definition of NAIVE
— #Val (@ValiantNig) March 21, 2019
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